Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a taped message to members of the Democratic Party, posted on the party’s official Facebook page on Friday (February 24).

“Thank you all for coming together to represent our party at its best: united, energized and ready to wage and win the battles ahead,” said Clinton in the message.

“Being your candidate was the honor of a lifetime and I was inspired to see women and men from all walks of life and every corner of our country coming together on behalf of our shared values. And while we didn’t get the outcome we worked so hard for, I’ll always be proud of the campaign we ran, a campaign that was better and stronger thanks to each of you.”

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Clinton commented in the video on the protests that have taken place across the U.S. since the election win and inauguration of Donald Trump.

“Everywhere people are marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out and working for an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big hearted. From the women’s march to airports where communities are welcoming immigrants refugees and people of every faith to town hall meetings where people are speaking up for healthcare, the environment, good jobs, and all the other issues that deserve our passionate support,” Clinton said.

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“Among those millions making their voices heard are future mayors, city and state officials, governors, members of Congress, even future presidents.

“We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence, and optimism and stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next. Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country.”

Clinton has kept a relatively low profile since losing the election on November 08, despite winning the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

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Arkansas’ attorney general has asked for execution dates to be set for eight death row inmates, but state officials said they’re still lacking one of the three lethal injection drugs needed to put the men to death.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set dates for the eight men now that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their appeals.

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The U.S. high court on Tuesday said it wouldn’t review a state Supreme Court decision upholding Arkansas’ lethal injection law. Rutledge’s request came hours after the state high court lifted its stay on that ruling.

Prison officials said they haven’t replaced a lethal injection drug that expired in January. Arkansas hasn’t executed an inmate since 2005.

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Some people love surprises.  Other people would rather walk across a desert carrying a camel than live the unexpected.

London Knights’ goalie Tyler Johnson got large surprise on Friday night and ran with it, making 36 saves and leading the Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Windsor Spitfires at Budweiser Gardens.

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Johnson expected to be the back-up goaltender in Tyler Parsons’ return to the London Knights, only that didn’t happen.  Parsons’ return to the net was derailed by the flu.  He was about to play in his first game in almost three weeks after rehabbing an upper body injury and was so close to stepping into the crease that his name was announced as London’s starting goaltender.  The crowd cheered, but Parsons did not appear and behind the scenes Johnson was being informed that he would start the game.

Johnson shut out the Windsor shooters for 55 minutes and five seconds on the way to his 11th win of the year.

The first period was tight as both teams came out determined to limit what the other side was doing.  Fifteen minutes into the game and through a power play per side, London was outshooting Windsor 3-2.

A big defensive play led to a bigger offensive finish to open the scoring in the second period.  As a London penalty was ending, Cliff Pu blocked a shot just inside the Knights’ blue line and then found the puck and fed it ahead to Mitchell Stephens as he jumped out of the box.  Evan Bouchard raced up ice to create a two-on-one, took a pass from Stephens and then tucked a return feed right in front of the net, leaving Stephens a tap-in for his 20th goal of the season to make it 1-0 London.

A blocked shot led to London’s second goal as well.  Early in the third period, Sam Miletic got his leg on a wrister by Jalen Chatfield and then outraced Chatfield as he fell.  Miletic got in on goal and was poke-checked by Michael DiPietro, however, captain J.J. Piccinich pounced on the loose puck and scored to make it 2-0.

London went ahead 3-0 as Janne Kuokkanen outraced Windsor defenceman, Sean Day to a puck in centre and then fought off all 230 pounds of Day to get his 22nd goal and give the Knights a 3-0 advantage with 5:23 left in the game.

Windsor got that back and broke Johnson’s shutout just 28 seconds later as Hayden McCool deflected a pass past Johnson to cut London’s lead to 3-1.

Spitfires’ coach Rocky Thompson elected to pull the goalie with a little over two minutes remaining and just as DiPietro stepped onto the bench, Miletic grabbed a puck on the right side of the Knights’ zone, skated to centre and wired one high, into the empty net.

The Guelph Storm did London, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie and Owen Sound a favor on Friday night.  They beat the first-place Erie Otters 4-2.  That leaves London four points back of the Otters.  Both teams have 11 games left and will meet head-to-head twice, once in London and once in Erie.

The Knights head for Owen Sound on Saturday to finish their season series against the Attack.  The pregame show gets going at 7:00 p.m. from the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre on AM 980 and at player.am980长沙夜网

The challenge begins for real Saturday for the Toronto Wolfpack.

The trail-blazing transatlantic rugby league club plays its first competitive match, taking on Siddal in the third round of the knockout Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Toronto opens league play on March 4 at the London Skolars in the Kingstone Press League 1, the third tier of English rugby.

A successful amateur side in West Yorkshire, Siddal has sent players to the pro ranks and become a home for former pros. It is a well-established club with more than 350 players spread over 16 teams from youth to masters.

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Siddal topped the Premier Division of England’s National Conference League last season with an 18-4-0 record and defeated League 1’s Newcastle Thunder 40-4 before falling 48-20 to the Rochelle Hornets in Cup play.

“They’re probably one of the most decorated amateur clubs,” said Wolfpack coach Paul Rowley. “They would arguably be better than some of the teams that we’ll play against this year in the professional league.”

The Wolfpack, who have been training in Yorkshire near Siddal’s Halifax base since November, have already drawn interest in England. Saturday’s game will be streamed live on BBC Sport.

“I’m rather sure that (Siddal) sense an opportunity to take a scalp whilst the world is watching … because Toronto Wolfpack bring with it a lot of interested people,” said Rowley. “They’re a very very good team, they’re a very tough opponent.”

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The third round sees Toronto and the other 15 Kingstone Press League 1 clubs joining the eight second-round winners.

Siddal, which made the fourth round of last year’s competition, beat the Milford Marlins 16-4 and Pilkinton Recs 34-10 to earn the date with Toronto.

It’s a blue-collar outfit. There is no stadium, just CWC Park – a ground with people ringing the field.

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“It’s back to rugby league raw. And we’re comfortable with that. That’s fine,” said Rowley, a former England hooker. “I’ve said from the outset we’re very humble. This is where the game starts. Clubs like Siddal are fantastic for the game – in fact there’d be no game without these sort of clubs

“We’re looking forward (to playing) and very respectful of Siddal, not only the people who play for the team but the people who run the club and that goes with it.”

In contrast to Siddal, Toronto is a well-heeled startup looking to win promotion all the way to the Super League.

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Welsh international Dan Fleming and England’s Gary Wheeler are both unlikely to play for Toronto due to injury.

“It’s a small squad selection but we’re healthy enough to give a couple of headaches,” said Rowley. “So we’re more than happy.”

Toronto has played one pre-season game to date, losing 26-20 to Super League team Hull FC in late January. Rowley believes the team has improved dramatically since and is eager to see it in action against Siddal.

“We’re all excited. Now we want to get stuck in.”

Toronto’s first home game is May 6 against Oxford RLFC.

OTTAWA – Candidates for leadership of the federal Conservative party went four rounds Friday in a debate aimed at providing an opportunity for a deep dive into policy.

But the cut-and-thrust of politics remained on display even as the format of having 14 people on stage at once was dissolved into smaller groups of candidates debating specific policy themes, one group at a time.

The debate at the Manning Conference saw the contenders appear before a crowd of the conservative movement’s most ardent advocates and activists, self-described political junkies eager to shell out the cash to spend a weekend debating ideology and brushing up on political marketing tactics.

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So when Deepak Obhrai lashed out at Kevin O’Leary‘s apparent lack of knowledge over how transfer payments are doled out to the provinces – O’Leary threatened to cut them for any province with a carbon tax – raucous cheering ensured.

“Mr. O’Leary, you need to know the Constitution of Canada,” Obhrai said.

And equally raucous boos greeted candidate Michael Chong‘s spirited defence of a carbon tax as the way forward for environment policy, a nearly heretical point of view within party circles.

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Maxime Bernier‘s position on ending supply management – another sacred policy position for Tories – drew fire his way too.

Lisa Raitt said she felt Bernier hadn’t thought it through and the impact it would actually have on consumers and farmers.

“You don’t know the math associated with your own economic plan,” Raitt said.

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Unlike the official debates organized by the party, or the informal ones that have been organized by MPs and riding associations, the Manning conference presented candidates the chance to woo the party’s thinkers and influencers from across the country in the hopes they’ll fan out to spread their message.

Proving their conservative credentials was key and O’Leary – who many have grumbled isn’t a true conservative – made sure to invoke the name of a conservative many hold dear, Sir John A. Macdonald. He likened the railways built by Canada’s first prime minister to the pipelines of today.

But O’Leary took punches for how much time he’s spent outside the country; members of Raitt’s team paraded a person in an Uncle Sam outfit with a massive O’Leary cardboard face around the lobby ahead of the debate.

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Some conference delegates remarked afterwards how while the other contenders were chatting amongst themselves before and during the debate, none interacted with O’Leary himself.

Conservatives at the conference aren’t the ones he wants backing him anyway, suggested delegate Jacob Rabinowitz.

“He needs to bring people in to the party to win, he’s not going to pick up or steal anyone’s support here,” Rabinowitz said.

Delegate Alexandra Rosenfeld agreed. While she said she was most impressed by Bernier’s economic policies, O’Leary will remain a force in the race no matter what.

“He’s going to be a contender because he is so famous,” she said.

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O’Leary has long said he’s aware people are scouring thousands of hours of footage from his time on reality televO’Leary has long said he’s aware people are scouring thousands of hours of footage from his time on reality television looking for clips that could be used against himision looking for clips that could be used against him, and one surfaced Friday – a 2013 episode of the show Dragons Den where a company was making a pitch for investment in their jeans.

O’Leary grabbed the buttocks of one of the models and was asked by reporters on Friday whether that was an appropriate move and whether the women had given permission.

“I honestly don’t remember but I’m sure she wasn’t offended,” O’Leary replied.

A news story from the time the episode aired said the judges had asked the company if touching the models would be OK.

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O’Leary wasn’t the only focus for criticism.

In a group made up of Erin O’Toole, Chris Alexander, Andrew Saxton and Kellie Leitch, Leitch became the target.

While her policies on screening would-be immigrants for “Canadian values” have been a central and controversial part of the leadership contest, her rivals pounced during a debate on health policy.

O’Toole pressed her on why she hadn’t put out a plan, Leitch replied that she’s done a ton of research on the issue and that her experience at business school and as a physician make her uniquely qualified to put forward ideas.

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Alexander scoffed.

“I think the problems are not too difficult for mere mortals to understand,” he said, to cheers.

The candidates will debate again next week at a party-organized event in Edmonton.

Party members vote for the next leader in May.

Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

Williams’ game-winner in the third period was his 19th of the season. Washington’s streak of home games with five-plus goals ended at 11, but Braden Holtby made 30 saves to pad the team’s lead atop the NHL.

Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t have a point but was arguably the Capitals’ best player against Edmonton. They have now outscored opponents 64-20 during their home winning streak.

Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season for Edmonton, which got 24 saves from goaltender Cam Talbot.

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    The Capitals had their most patchwork lineup of the season with injured regulars Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie out along with Andre Burakovsky, who’s expected to be back in mid-to-late March. Washington is the league’s healthiest team this season with only 27 man games lost to injury, but four players out at one time meant the NHL debut of rookie forward Riley Barber and season debut of defenceman Aaron Ness.

    Oshie’s absence, his 10th missed game this season because of an upper-body injury, pushed Brett Connolly on to the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But it was the fourth line that jumpstarted the offence with Wilson’s fifth goal of the season through traffic 12:22 into the first period.

    A misplay by the Capitals’ second line led to Draisaitl’s goal 35 seconds into the second when the puck pinballed to the big German wide open in front. Connor McDavid added to his league-leading point total of 69 with the secondary assist.

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    Williams, a pending unrestricted free agent, beat Talbot clean on a one-timer for the game winner 5:48 into the third. The Capitals dominated much of the final period and held on in the final minutes when Talbot was off for an extra attacker.

Female students at Simon Fraser University are fed up with the ongoing sexual harassment many are experiencing on campus.

Burnaby RCMP issued a warning on Wednesday following the sexual assault of a woman in a campus parking lot. The suspect in the attack has not yet been identified, and students are shaken.

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After the story broke, an SFU student contacted Global News to say that students have been reporting sexual harassment cases to campus security over the last several weeks, but their concerns were dismissed.

“A few years ago, Maple Batalia was attacked and killed at SFU and it could have been prevented. Last night’s attack could have been prevented if SFU security took the previous allegations seriously,” the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

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The school responded to the allegations, saying the sexual assault and the previous harassment reports were unrelated.

That hasn’t stopped students from feeling unsafe on campus. One woman who spoke to Global News says the multiple reports of harassment are lowering her opinion of the school.

“We started hearing stories of [a man] approaching females on the library floor, in the dining hall, in public, just saying he’s a T.A.,” the student said.

An unknown number of female students say they have been sexually harassed by a male student posing as a teaching assistant. Young women have been warning each other by way of social media and word of mouth.

“[He said] that in exchange for sexual favours, he would give exam results and exam answers.”

Neither of the women Global News spoke to have been personally approached by the potential suspect, but know women who have. They say security has been alerted but they’re not confident their concerns are being taken seriously.

“The only response security gave was, ‘You should have just walked away,’” one of the students said.

On Friday afternoon, the university told Global News in a statement that the individual in this case had been identified and prohibited from visiting the campus.

“First off, we are aware of the concerns you raised and I can tell you that the university has been actively managing the situation. Due to privacy concerns for all parties, we can’t get into any specific details. But we can tell you that the university has been taking escalating measures to address the concerns raised about this individual.

“We have imposed a number of measures over the past few weeks and this afternoon, the university prohibited the individual from coming on campus.  We are continuing to monitor the situation.  

“To support our investigation, we are encouraging any women who have directly experienced disruptive or threatening behaviour related to interactions with this individual to contact Safety and Risk Services. Any additional information would assist the university in its response. 

“The safety and security of our students is our primary priority and our guiding principle.”

How much did U.S. President Donald Trump‘s tweet about Nordstrom help or hinder the retailer’s sales?

“I think it’s not really discernible one way or the other,” company co-president Peter Nordstrom said Thursday.

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The question came in an earnings call that accompanied the release of the retailer’s fourth-quarter earnings.

It also came after Trump slagged the company on 桑拿会所 for treating his daughter Ivanka “unfairly” after it pulled her products because sales didn’t meet expectations.

In the call, analyst Omar Saeed asked Nordstrom executives whether they saw “any trend in your business at all around the president’s tweets, whether it’s helped you or hurt you at all?,” according to a transcript posted by Seeking Alpha.

“No, that would be negligible,” Peter Nordstrom answered, before the call moved on to other matters.

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Trump’s tweet might not have had any discernible impact on Nordstrom’s business, but it did raise concerns among ethics experts — one of whom worried that other brands might now decide against dropping Ivanka’s products because of fear of being criticized by the president.

“The implicit threat was that he will use whatever authority he has to retaliate against Nordstrom, or anyone who crosses his interest,” Kathleen Clark, a Washington University law professor, told The Associated Press earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was accused of breaking ethics rules when she encouraged people to buy Ivanka’s products.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Trump, watches the swearing in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

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Sales of Ivanka Trump’s products at Nordstrom dropped by almost a third in the 2016 fiscal year, and they fell especially sharply in the weeks before the U.S. election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

They were over 70 per cent lower in October 2016 compared to the previous year.

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Nordstrom’s net earnings were $201 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $180 million in the same quarter for the previous year.

Full year net earnings were down, however. They were $354 million for 2016, down from $600 million in 2015.

Premier Christy Clark is boasting about a surplus budget, but will she spend some of that extra money protecting B.C.’s lakes and streams? The concern about a mussel invasion was raised in the Okanagan Friday, where the premier was promoting this week’s budget to a business crowd.

The first question she was asked at the luncheon put on by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was about protecting B.C. waters from invasive mussels.

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It’s an issue that’s become more pressing since their larvae where found in Montana. The concern is that the invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels could come in to B.C. from other contaminated jurisdictions on boats and that once they are here it would be hard to stop them from spreading quickly.

“Now that the threat is at our door will our province introduce laws that make it mandatory for all watercraft entering British Columbia to stop at inspection stations before launching in our waters?” asked chamber president Tom Dyas.

The premier acknowledged the environmental and economic impact an invasive mussel infestation would have on B.C.

“I certainly know once it comes there is no stopping it,” said Clark.

The premier hinted that a provincial announcement is coming but didn’t go into specifics.

“The investment that we are poised to make to try and stop it is going to be well worth it,” said Clark.

Zebra mussels multiplying in Lake Winnipeg, now found on shorelines

Last year the province had eight inspection stations to check for mussels coming across B.C.’s borders. There have been calls, including from the Chamber of Commerce, to increase the hours of operation for those inspection stations so they are open 24-hours a day. In response to that issue the premier said the government works each year to improve the system.

“It was successful last year. (There was) no evidence of any invasive species, but now that the mussels are getting even closer and into Montana we are re-examining it and seeing what more we can do. We’ll have more news for you on that in the coming weeks I hope,” said Clark.

Mussel inspections begin in March so time is ticking down to boost B.C.’s defenses for this boating season.

Abbotsford Police (APD) have issued a warning to the public following an escalating gang conflict in the city.

Police say that despite “aggressive enforcement and prevention campaigns,” public safety is at risk due to ongoing gang activity.

“It is not just a possibility that those engaged in the conflict will become victims of the violence but, increasingly, it is a likelihood,” Cst. Ian MacDonald said in a release Friday.

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APD says it is rare for the department to issue a warning to friends, families and associates of gang members, but sent a strongly-worded message to those people in the hope it could save lives.

“In the strongest possible terms, we must emphasize that it is not safe to be in the company of those involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict. Although this may appear to be common-sense advice, we believe that now it could also be a life-saving decision that we need you to make,” APD said.

“When incidents of violence take place on our streets, it puts innocent members of our communities at risk, and when you associate with individuals with ties to organized crime, not only do you jeopardize the safety and security of the public, but also that of your own life,” added Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.

This comes after a shooting in the city on Tuesday left one 23-year-old man, Satkar Singh Sidhu, dead following a police chase. Police said the incident was linked to gang violence and the victim was targeted.

Three men were taken into custody but released shortly afterwards without charges due to insufficient evidence.

In January, police investigated after two men arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds. Earlier that month, police also investigated after reports of shots fired at two homes near the 2900-block of Flagman Place.

APD Chief Bob Rich sent letters to the parents of suspected gang members in December 2016, warning them their child’s life is in danger.

“There are parents out there who are not fully aware. There are parents out there who are giving their sons the benefit of the doubt,” MacDonald said in an interview on BC1 after the letter became public.

“What we’re trying to do right now is to prove to them definitively that their kids are involved in this conflict in various ways and we are actively trying to work with them to protect their children.”

APD says two gangs are fighting over who gets to sell illegal drugs in Abbotsford and attributes five murders to the conflict. One victim was an innocent bystander and another of the five killed was an 18-year-old.

With files from Paula Baker